“All aboard the Polar Express!” 6 themed trains in Ohio

Trains aren’t necessarily the most practical form of travel these days but their charm, nostalgia, and coziness are second to none.

That, and we say it’s time to finally check the experience off your to-do list.

So, grab a cup of hot coco or merlot and prepare for the delightful time travel to begin on one of Ohio’s six charming holiday trains.

1. Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is located in Northeast Ohio and runs through Cuyahoga Valley National Park, 33,000 acres of land from Independence to Akron.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad offers excursions year round from National Park explorations, to bike-friendly rides, to beer and wine tastings, to murder mysteries, and even the Polar Express!

Whether you are looking for a family trip or a company outing, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad has something for everyone.

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2. Hocking Valley Scenic Railway

Since 1972, the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway has been entirely managed, operated, and maintained by volunteer members.

The HV train takes riders through the scenic Nelsonville area with an onboard ambiance to fit every season.

Coming up, the ever-popular Santa and New Years Eve Train will be rolling down the tracks with seasonal decorations and music, plenty of heat, wine and cheese, and even a visit from the big man himself!

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3. Cincinnati Dinner Train

You know it’s good when tickets for the remainder of 2019 are already sold out!

On the Cincinnati Dinner Train, guests are seating in one of the four vintage dining cars for an evening of cocktails, a four-course meal, and live performances.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy an evening back in time during the simpler times of the 1940s.

To make a reservation for 2019, make a reservation online or by calling (513) 791-7245.

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4. Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad

The Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad offers historic train rides in Warren County Ohio departing from downtown Lebanon.

This old-timey experience—the only family-friendly train ride experience in southwest Ohio—offers themed events all year round like pizza nights, as well as adult experiences like wine and cheese excursions.

The North Pole Express is sure to swoon folks of all ages, though.

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5. Ohio Railway Museum

This railroad, train station, and museum in Worthington, Ohio features an impressive collection of more than 30 pieces to peruse plus an opportunity to ride a real-life locomotive.

Trains run throughout the afternoon and admission (8 for adults, $7 for seniors and military, $6 for kids ages 4 to 12, and any little ones are free) allows guests to ride as many times as they’d like.

Stay tuned to their Facebook for holiday events!

6. Lorain and West Virginia Railway

This holiday season, sip on complimentary hot chocolate as you roll down a vintage railway through Lorain County, Ohio and into West Virginia.

Lorain and West Virginia Railway also offers romantic rides, spooky rides, and even wine adventures.

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